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  • Aeronca41
    started a topic Trailblazer 280NT Preventive Maintenance?

    Trailblazer 280NT Preventive Maintenance?

    Hello; I've been lurking here for some time and being amazed by all the things you guys know! Grew up in my dad's small welding business, but have been in the world of computers for 45+ yrs. Missed welding all that time. Recently bought an almost new (197 hours) TB 280NT S/N LB022511, Onan P220. Besides the usual stuff in the manual, anything I should do in the way of prev maint? I know machines often have common problems that can be prevented with a little extra care. Any guidance greatly appreciated!

  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by Can You Weld This For Me? View Post
    Not jump starting one will greatly increase the odds of a long useful life of these machines. It's aggravating that the boards are so sensitive to something that in the real world of welding is bound to happen to everyone - a dead battery. None the less, best advice is to disconnect the battery and charge it or replace it.

    Don't overthink the preventative maintenance too much. More often than not over maintenancing causes more harm than good. Clean air, oil and fuel and don't be afraid to load it up and run the snot out of it.

    Thanks for for the input. You're right about trying to help "too much". I've fixed a lot of things over the years that some "eager beaver" messed up trying to fix what wasn't broke.

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  • Can You Weld This For Me?
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    Not jump starting one will greatly increase the odds of a long useful life of these machines. It's aggravating that the boards are so sensitive to something that in the real world of welding is bound to happen to everyone - a dead battery. None the less, best advice is to disconnect the battery and charge it or replace it.

    Don't overthink the preventative maintenance too much. More often than not over maintenancing causes more harm than good. Clean air, oil and fuel and don't be afraid to load it up and run the snot out of it.

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by H80N View Post
    Thank you! Got to watch part of it so far; need to finish it later. They make welding those cluster joints in the 4130 look like there is just nothing to it. Really appreciate the link.

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by duaneb55 View Post
    And never, ever, ever jump start a Trailblazer if the battery goes dead. We've lost count of the number of units reported here and on other forums that have experienced one or more board failures immediately following jump starting.
    Thanks a million--not something I would have known or thought about.

    Anything else come to mind? Any electrolytic caps inside that should be replaced on an older machine like this--I've seen many explode on other computer and avionics systems. (I'm an ....old.... TV [back when you could fix 'em]-computer-avionics-flight simulator component-level repair guy very comfortable with meters, scopes, logic analyzers, etc. and board repairs.) Any common loose connections to tighten? Places where the design results in bad solder joints on boards over time due to overheating? I can poke around and look for things that are obvious, but in my experience every electrical/electronic device has common problems associated with a particular model, and when you work in the field, you see a lot of similar issues. That's what I'm trying to seek out and prevent problems with.

    Thanks!!

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  • duaneb55
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    Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    I should add that I've already found (and followed) Cruizer's advice on oil with zinc for the Onan-Quaker State Defy.
    And never, ever, ever jump start a Trailblazer if the battery goes dead. We've lost count of the number of units reported here and on other forums that have experienced one or more board failures immediately following jump starting.

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  • H80N
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    Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    Not far-upstate NY just north of the NE PA border
    Could be close...

    sent you a PM...

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by H80N View Post
    You will LOVE the Dynasty..

    what part of the country are you in??

    we are in ne pa... near the ny border...
    Not far-upstate NY just north of the NE PA border

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  • H80N
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    You might enjoy this one...

    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...Light-Aircraft

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  • H80N
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    Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    Yes-the one I saw was at the National Aeronca Association fly-in at Middletown OH some years ago. As you say, so much comes down to time and money...I plan to retire in the spring and hope I have saved enough to put the Aeronca back together once I have time. Also blew savings on a Dynasty 200DX in anticipation of learning to TIG once I have the time. Just something I've always wanted to do, and if the Aeronca gets done and I have any $ left I might try a home built. Moving from O-A to TIG for 4130 tubing entices me.
    You will LOVE the Dynasty..

    what part of the country are you in??

    we are in ne pa... near the ny border...

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by H80N View Post
    I had bought it from Ralph Borden in Ramona, Ca about 1980....

    was unable to dedicate the time and money it required... a fella out at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Ca bugged me till I sold it to him... do not know if he ever finished it...

    You are right... it was a very cool plane... like a small Chief...

    Dual yoke controls... oleo strut gear... 37inch wide cabin...canvas sling seat..

    Yes-the one I saw was at the National Aeronca Association fly-in at Middletown OH some years ago. As you say, so much comes down to time and money...I plan to retire in the spring and hope I have saved enough to put the Aeronca back together once I have time. Also blew savings on a Dynasty 200DX in anticipation of learning to TIG once I have the time. Just something I've always wanted to do, and if the Aeronca gets done and I have any $ left I might try a home built. Moving from O-A to TIG for 4130 tubing entices me.

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    Hello; I've been lurking here for some time and being amazed by all the things you guys know! Grew up in my dad's small welding business, but have been in the world of computers for 45+ yrs. Missed welding all that time. Recently bought an almost new (197 hours) TB 280NT S/N LB022511, Onan P220. Besides the usual stuff in the manual, anything I should do in the way of prev maint? I know machines often have common problems that can be prevented with a little extra care. Any guidance greatly appreciated!

    I should add that I've already found (and followed) Cruizer's advice on oil with zinc for the Onan-Quaker State Defy.

    Leave a comment:


  • H80N
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    Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    whatever became of the "K"? Those were really slick (to look at, if not aerodynamically). Have only ever seen one in real life.
    I had bought it from Ralph Borden in Ramona, Ca about 1980....

    was unable to dedicate the time and money it required... a fella out at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Ca bugged me till I sold it to him... do not know if he ever finished it...

    You are right... it was a very cool plane... like a small Chief...

    Dual yoke controls... oleo strut gear... 37inch wide cabin...canvas sling seat..

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by H80N View Post
    Yes Please...

    I had an Aeronca "K" basket case many years ago...

    whatever became of the "K"? Those were really slick (to look at, if not aerodynamically). Have only ever seen one in real life.

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  • Aeronca41
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    Originally posted by old jupiter View Post
    First you have to show us a photo of your Aeronca
    Sure wish I could-it's a pile of parts on the second floor of my garage/shop. It's a 1941 O-58B, also called L-3B. My dad was in the middle of a total restoration when he got cancer and was gone in 7 months. Too many years under a hood starting in the 50's before anyone worried about ventilation or respirators. He lived and breathed welding and airplanes. I will see if my Mom might have a picture of it before the tear down and post if she does.

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